Plus a reader's review of the Asus Nexus 7 smartphone
David Kershaw writes to express his disagreement at our review of the Asus Nexus 7, specifically that our comment on the suggested alternative product, the Blackberry Playbook, as ‘for penny pinchers only'.
Says Mr Kershaw: "I think this is a little harsh and the current 64GB model at £129 is a steal. It is fast, with a good display and delivers amazing sound for such a small device.
"The sync software works robustly, and video transfer is a doddle. I can email with ease and surf the net with no problems. Apps are scarce but a lot are just finicky anyway, and the Playbook just does what I need. Facebook and Twitter work fine, although it would be ace to have Skype too. So give the Blackberry a break and do not discourage well-designed budget tech."
Well, reviews are about opinions and on this occasion we will respectfully disagree with Mr Kershaw. However, we should point out that our review of the Playbook was published in October 2011, shortly after its launch. Back then the price was £399 and our verdict was that with so few apps the product offered little long-term value.
We were more complimentary about other aspects - read the updated review of the Blackberry Playbook.
A year on and the range of apps has not expanded significantly, hence the price cut to the figure Mr Kershaw quotes. With Amazon's Kindle Fire just about to go on sale at a similar price, we believe most buyers will find greater value in that product and others.
Tony Jones didn't wait for our review before buying the Asus Nexus 7, and we're happy to share his experience of the product.
"I enjoyed your review of the Nexus 7 and as somebody who purchased one of these as soon as it came out I think it was well-balanced and accurate. I did not mind the lack of HDMI output though do wish that the £199 (16GB version) could have stretched to an SD card slot.
"The unit is well-made, responsive, feels great and has a good screen. The key reasons I bought one were its size - I do not think the iPad is practical for commuting - nor did I want to spend huge sums of money on an iPad or get locked into iTunes.
"That aside, it is true that this is a flagship product and many apps have yet to become tablet-aware - they look wrong blown up for the screen or don't even, as yet, run on the Android Jelly Bean operating system (examples include Flickr and BBC iPlayer). Overall I believe this will kick-start the Android tablet market and the gripes about apps will become forgotten by next year.
What's your view?
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